Former Tigers Jefferson, Mathieu arrested on marijuana-related charges

By By Scooter Hobbs / American Press

Whatever hope Tyrann Mathieu had of returning to LSU may have gone up in smoke Thursday.

The former star player known as the Honey Badger, a Heisman Trophy finalist last year, was one of four former LSU football players, including quarterback Jordan Jefferson, who was arrested on marijuana-related charges in Baton Rouge.

Mathieu,

who was kicked off the team in August for multiple failed drug tests,

spent four weeks in a Houston drug rehabilitation

center run by former NBA star John Lucas, and is enrolled at LSU

this fall with hopes that the school might somehow reconsider

his permanent suspension.

Mathieu,

20, and Jefferson, 22, were charged with simple possession of marijuana

while Karnell Hatcher, 22, was charged with

second offense simple possession of marijuana, and Derrick Bryant,

22, was charged with possession with intent to distribute

marijuana.

They were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

All four were on last year’s 13-1 national runner-up team, but only Mathieu had eligibility remaining.

Jefferson was suspended most of his senior season as the result of his arrest stemming from a fight at Shady’s, a Baton Rouge

night club, on Aug. 19, 2011. He has

been on the Montreal Alouettes’ practice squad of the Canadian Football

League since being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He’s in Baton Rouge to finish his degree.

According to The Associated Press, Lance Unglesby, Jefferson’s lawyer in the misdemeanor criminal case, said a discovery hearing

in that matter is scheduled next week. Jefferson has maintained his innocence in the bar fight.

Unglesby said he had not yet been provided any details of Jefferson’s latest arrest, but stressed, “All individuals are presumed

innocent and I look forward to the opportunity to examine the facts of this case to find out what really happened.”

The

incident, according to a Baton Rouge Police Department report, began at

approximately 3:30 p.m. Thursday, when officers

were dispatched to Mathieu’s apartment complex in response to

reports that Jefferson was trying to force his way through the

complex’s security gate.

According to the report, Jefferson had a confrontation with a maintenance worker at the complex gate before being let in by

a resident.

When

police arrived, the maintenance worker pointed to Mathieu’s apartment,

indicating which apartment Jefferson went in.

Police knocked on the door and Mathieu answered. Police entered

the apartment to talk to Jefferson. Upon entering they said

they “smelled a strong odor of marijuana” and asked permission to

search the apartment, which Mathieu granted.

Police

found all four former players in the apartment and also found a

marijuana grinder, a digital scale and 10 bags of high-grade

marijuana.

Seven of the bags were found inside Bryant’s book sack.